Nov 19, 2012 2:00am EST
elected. ronald reagan, like barack obama, inherited a struggling economy. ronald reagan implemented policies 180 degrees opposite of barack obama. instead of checking up taxes, he cut taxes. instead of exploding spending and the death, he restrained growth and spending. instead of -- debt, he restrained growth and spending. instead of releasing the hounds of regulators on small businesses and rescue -- entrepreneurs, reagan limited regulation. the result was one of the strongest person of economic activity our nation has ever seen. the fourth year of reagan's presidency was 1984, precisely corresponding to right now in obama's presidency. does anyone know what gdp was then? 7.2%. our ideas work. their ideas do not. if you want the 23 million people struggling finding work to get jobs, the answer is simple. you need growth. to get growth, you have got to reduce and simplify the tax burden, reduce regulations, and unchain small businesses and entrepreneurs. over six -- over 50% of americans who voted on election day believed the economy was george bush's. there is a reason for that. p
Nov 18, 2012 2:00pm EST
makers in this room. what is important is what you have on the table would make ronald reagan look like a piker. he knows how hard it was, with some very good people. [laughter] the point is, in the fiscal cliff, you will not get any of this done. joe lieberman outlined the potential of approach. some cutting, some modest revenue. then you move back to regular order, which trent lott was talking about last year. then you need a mechanism to enforce the discipline. my worry is, you read the washington post report and, frankly, the people doing the negotiations on both sides do not know the basics. starting with the fact that you need one piece of paper, not competing pieces of paper. i would be worried about -- if these people just talked to each other as opposed to negotiating and pontificating on their positions, the president will be very tempted to let the tax cuts expire, it is not sustainable because of the alternative minimum tax and other things. that is a gutsy, given the state of the economy, and people need to be prepared for it. >> let's talk about the rest of the world.
Nov 17, 2012 2:00pm EST
ronald reagan and the reality of rush limbaugh. i obviously mean the stand in for what has come to be called the conservative entertainment media complex. my friend jonathan martin had a wonderful piece and the today's politico in which he said the republican party is suffering from pauline kalism. she was a bit -- a brilliant film critic whose view of the world extended beyond the silver screen. the day after the 1972 election that richard nixon won every state of massachusetts, she said i did not know anyone who voted for richard nixon. nobody i talked to voted for richard nixon. it affects much of the current republican party. the immediate reaction is to blame hurricane sandy. to blame chris christie for doing his job and now there is an attempt to change the subject, conspiracy theories surrounding general petraeus. somehow that was supposed to have helped president obama or by not being revealed, held the obama campaign. in any event, the republicans have a very wise job of looking in the mirror and asking themselves some very difficult questions. questions harder than strategic
Nov 18, 2012 6:30pm EST
second debate. president carter had one debate in 1980. ronald reagan decisively won that. we did not want to continue that sad and torn history. it is not like we were naiive about the challenge. for a lot of reasons, not all of them, you know we did not execute. strategicly, myself and others could have done a better job. the president said that he had an off night. it is not like we had one glaring mistake. but not a solid performance. governor romney had a strong performance and we knew that. even when he took a flyer against ted kennedy. he dominated the debate performance. we knew it was a strength of governor romney. just showing up on the stage and, you know, he was going to come out of the debate like that. we knew that. he was too low. romney is always go to get 47 and 48 and 49 in states like virginia and florida and virginia. we were not go to win the first debate. he was the only person on that stage that had something to gain out of the first debate. but obviously we had a poor performance and he had a very strong performance. we said it publicly and most did not believe